The Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) and the Ecstasy and Related Drug Reporting System (EDRS) are national drug monitoring systems intended to identify emerging trends of local and national concern in illicit drug markets, and form part of Drug Trends.
In recent years New South Wales (NSW) has been central in a heated national debate about patron safety at music festivals, particularly in regard to the use of illicit drugs and related harms. Strategies intended to maximise patron safety include increased policing and health efforts, however there has been limited research exploring patron awareness of these initiatives.
Gibbs, D. & Peacock, A. (2020). Illicit drug use and awareness of health and policing initiatives at music festivals among people from New South Wales who regularly use ecstasy and other illicit stimulants. Drug Trends Bulletin Series. Sydney: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney